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Little Light Preschool

6659 E. University Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85205

(480) 854-2544


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Themes and concepts are introduced during circle time. Children are given the opportunity to develop their skills as they explore various centers during center time.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Chalkboards, whiteboards, stickers, stencils.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives to count, sort, pattern and games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Outdoor Garden. We host an Annual Science Night for preschool families and friends. It provides and opportunity for families to perform hands on experiments together. Experiments include: Dry Ice, rocket balloons, volcanoes, color mixing, creating slime, worms and geisers.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers adopt a plan based on the needs of the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Little Light Preschool, we believe that every child is a precious gift from God. It is our goal to love and nurture each child in our care.

Our purpose is to provide a positive first step in a child’s lifelong journey of faith and education. We do this through a personalized approach and low student:teacher ratio.

A Typical Day

Children begin their day with a few minutes of social time before we gather for our morning circle. Morning circle includes the Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic song, calendar time and our theme introduction. Centers follow providing the opportunity for a hands-on approach to learning that will stimulate your child’s curiosity and love of learning for the future. Your child will be provided the opportunity to work and discover during circle time, centers, art, outside play and chapel.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare your child for kindergarten.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication with parents begins with our Open House at the beginning of the school year. Formal Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice a year in the Pre-K class. Parents are kept informed through e-mails and direct contact. Teachers are available throughout the year for a meeting at the request of the parent(s).

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

In most cases, separation anxiety disappears within minutes of a parent saying good-bye to their child. In the event that a child is having difficulty overcoming their anxiety, we take care to nurture that child and help them become engaged with activities and friends in the classroom.